PADNWS-10-13-21 BLOOD DONATION PIC

A blood donor squeezes a Red Cross sponge ball while donating blood. Red Cross officials said the blood supply has dropped to the lowest post-summer level in at least six years.

The Red Cross is experiencing an emergency blood and platelet shortage. Officials said the blood supply has dropped to the lowest post-summer level in at least six years.

The nonprofit is in its third week of an emergency blood and platelet shortage, with less than a day’s supply of certain blood types in recent weeks. People can help by giving blood at one of the many drives coming up in the area.

Upcoming blood drives include:

The Paducah Blood Donation Center at 4635 Falconcrest Drive will have blood drives on the following dates and times:

• Oct. 16: 7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

• Oct. 17: 7:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

• Oct. 18: 11:45 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.

• Oct. 19: 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

• Oct. 21: 11:45 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.

• Oct. 22: 8:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

• Oct. 23: 7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

• Oct. 24: 7:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

• Oct. 25: 11:45 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.

• Oct. 26: 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

• Oct. 28: 11:45 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.

• Oct. 29: 8:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

• Oct. 30: 7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

• Oct. 31: 7:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Also, in McCracken County a drive will be held at Lone Oak Church of Christ at 2960 Lone Oak Road from 2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 20.

Other drives coming up in west Kentucky include:

• Marshall County: From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 18 at First Christian Church at 2515 South Main St.

• Graves County: From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct.19 at the American Legion at 211 South 7th St.

• Carlisle County: From 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 22 at Carlisle County High School at 4557 KY 1377.

• Fulton County: From 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 25 at the Fulton City High School Gym at 700 Stephen Beale Drive.

To make an appointment to donate blood, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 800-733-2767.

All blood types are needed, especially type O, according to the Red Cross.

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